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Ipomopsis longiflora (Flaxflowered ipomopsis)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Ipomopsis longiflora

Ipomopsis longiflora (Torr.) V.E. Grant

Flaxflowered Ipomopsis, Pale Trumpets, Paleflower Gilia, White-flower Skyrocket, White-flowered Gilia

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)


USDA Symbol: iplo2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Slender stemmed, upright or somewhat sprawling annual or biennial, to 40 in. in height. Clusters of white or lavender, trumpet-shaped flowers occur at branch tips. The flower tube is long and narrow with a bloadly flaring rim. The leaves are inconspicuous. Slender, pale blue-violet, pale blue, or white, trumpet-shaped flowers, borne singly or in pairs, spreading from axils of upper bracts.

The flowers look almost too delicate for the intense heat of the desert and plains, but this rather ungainly plant is vigorous and often grows in profusion. At night moths attracted to the pale flowers feed on the nectar.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 40 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue , Violet
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AZ , CO , KS , NE , NM , OK , SD , TX , UT
Native Distribution: NE to TX, w. to UT & AZ
Native Habitat: Dry plains; mesas

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry sandy, rocky or calcareous soils.


Description: Easily grown from fall-sown seed. Sow two years in a row.
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX


Bibref 281 - Shinners & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (1999) Diggs, G. M.; B. L. Lipscomb; B. O'Kennon; W. F...
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Ipomopsis longiflora in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ipomopsis longiflora in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ipomopsis longiflora


Record Modified: 2023-02-14
Research By: TWC Staff

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